|Match Date||Saturday, July 20th, 2002|
|Max Payne - 91.92%|
Back in 2002, Max Payne was not the joke that he is now. Before the days of being forced into matches with Gordon Freeman and characters from his own company, Max Payne was a widely respected and favored character. Take for example his prediction percentage in this match. It was the highest number seen since the two matches involving Donkey Kong and Mario's victories. His odds of winning the contest were are very high, and there was even talk about Max possibly taking down Pac Man and making an Elite 8 appearance. His odds of winning the contest outright were even relatively high, scoring better odds than the likes of Duke Nukem, Squall, and Pikachu.
And once Max Payne's first match began, the favoritism showed. Part of the reason Max did so well in this may have to do with the fact that most people still don't know who Dirk the Daring, the character who tied with Pitfall Harry as having the worst odds of winning the contest, is. But still, blowouts are blowouts. The only issue affecting Max Payne after this match was the fact that this was the lowest-scoring match to take place in the contest. Even still, Max looked strong enough to be primed for a Sweet 16 appearance, at least. There was absolutely no reason to worry about him having problems with Scorpion after this match, which is the big reason why his next match was so shocking to everyone.